Superstorm Sandy caused more than $42 million in damages to Westchester-owned facilities and parks, damaging infrastructure throughout the area, County Executive Rob Astorino said this morning.
During a news conference at the Westchester County Center, Astorino said the powerful storm’s damage touched every municipality in the county, damaging or destroying more than 200 homes with high winds, flooding and falling trees. He said in addition to knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of customers, more than 50 businesses in Yonkers, Irvington, New Rochelle, Rye, Port Chester and Mamaroneck village experienced severe flooding. A county spokesman said the storm caused more than $12.5 million in damages to Rye Playland and the same dollar amount for county parks and repairs are underway for critical infrastructure.
Astorino also said nearly 5,000 county residents have registered to seek assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and that the county will close its Disaster Recovery Center on Dec. 21. He also cautioned that the deadline to apply for FEMA aid is Dec. 31.
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Photo: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino (Seth Harrison/The Journal News)